Section 6 - Parental Notfications

Accommodating Individuals with Disabilities
(refer to Board Policy 8:70)
Individuals with disabilities shall be provided an opportunity to participate in all school-sponsored services, programs, or activities on an equal basis and will not be subject to illegal discrimination. Where necessary, the district may provide to persons with disabilities separate or different aids, benefits, or services from, but as effective as, those provided to others.

The district will provide auxiliary aids and services where necessary to afford individuals with disabilities equal opportunity to participate in or enjoy the benefits of a service, program, or activity. Each service, program, or activity operated in existing facilities shall be readily accessible to, and useable by, individuals with disabilities. New construction and alterations to facilities existing before January 26, 1992, will be accessible when viewed in their entirety.

The superintendent is designated the Americans With Disabilities Act, Title II Coordinator and, in that capacity, is directed to:
1. Oversee the district's compliance efforts, recommend necessary modifications to the Board, and maintain the district's final Title II self-evaluation document and keep it available for public inspection, for at least 3 years after its completion date.
2. Institute plans to make information regarding Title II's protection available to any interested party.
Individuals with disabilities should notify the superintendent or building principal if they have a disability, which will require special assistance or services and, if so, what services are required. This notification should occur as far as possible before the school-sponsored function, program, or meeting.

Individuals with disabilities may allege a violation of this policy or federal law by reporting it to the Superintendent, as the Title II coordinator, or by filing a grievance under the Uniform Grievance Procedure.

Complaint Managers
Jessica Donato
Northbrook School District 28
1475 Maple Ave.,
Northbrook, IL 60062

Scott Meek
Northbrook School District 28
1475 Maple Ave.,
Northbrook, IL 60062

Education of Children with Disabilities
(refer to Board Policy 6:120)
The district shall provide a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment and necessary related services to all children with disabilities enrolled in the district, as required by the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and implementing provisions of The School Code, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans With Disabilities Act. The term “children with disabilities,” as used in this policy, means children between ages 3 and 15 (inclusive) for whom it is determined, through definitions and procedures described in the Illinois State Board of Education’s Special Education rules, that special education services are needed.

It is the intent of the district to ensure that students who are disabled within the definition of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are identified, evaluated, and provided with appropriate educational services. Students may be disabled within the meaning of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act even though they do not require services pursuant to the IDEA.

Questions regarding special education should be addressed to the following:

Grades pre-K – 5:
Dr. Jenna Duffy, Elementary Assistant Director of Student Services (847) 504-3848

Grades 6 – 8:
Heather Schultz, Jr. High Assistant Director of Student Services (847) 504-3503
English Learners (EL)
The goal of District 28’s EL Program is to enable children of other language backgrounds to speak, read, and write English so as to experience academic, social, and emotional success. The program includes the following objectives:
•Develop all four language skills - listening, speaking, reading, and writing - until mastery is achieved.
•Give support in content area classes.
•Learn about American culture, while respecting and preserving the home culture.
•Encourage participation in all school activities, such as athletics, music, clubs, and student government.
•Maintain the connection between home and school.
•Support parents’ understanding and participation in school activities.
•Foster an understanding and appreciation of all cultures within the school.
Home Language Survey
In accordance with the state law, the district shall administer a home language survey with respect to each student in preschool, kindergarten or any of grades 1 through 8 who is entering the district's schools or any of the district's preschool programs for the first time, for the purpose of identifying students who have a language background other than English. The survey will be administered as part of the enrollment process or, for preschool programs, by the first day the student commences participation in the program. The survey shall include at least the following questions, and the student shall be identified as having a language background other than English if the answer to either question is yes: 1) Is a language other than English is spoken in the student's home and, if so, which language? and 2) Does the student speak a language other than English and, if so, which language?

Equal Educational Opportunities
(refer to Board Policy 7:10)
Equal educational and extracurricular opportunities shall be available for all students without regard to color, race, nationality, religion, sex, sexual orientation, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, gender identity, status of being homeless, order of protection status, actual or potential marital or parental status, including pregnancy. Further, the district will not knowingly enter into agreements with any entity or any individual that discriminates against students on the basis of sex or any other protected status, except that the district remains viewpoint neutral when granting access to school facilities under Board Policy 8:20, Community Use of School Facilities. Any student may file a discrimination grievance by using the Uniform Grievance Procedure.

Sex Equity
No student shall, based on sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity be denied equal access to programs, activities, services, or benefits or be limited in the exercise of any right, privilege, advantage, or denied equal access to educational and extracurricular programs and activities.

Any student may file a sex equity complaint by using the Uniform Grievance Procedure. A student may appeal the Board's resolution of the complaint to the appropriate Intermediate Service Center (pursuant to 105 ILCS 5/3-10 of The School Code) and, thereafter, to the state superintendent of education (pursuant to 105 ILCS 5/2-3.8 of The School Code).

Free and Reduced-Price Food Services
The district provides eligible students with free or reduced-priced lunches for families who qualify for the federal program. The application form can be found in the Forms section of this handbook. Questions can be directed to the district’s Chief School Business Official Jessica Donato.